View Full Version : SWIMBAITS

06-19-2010, 09:33 PM
alright, I can't ignore these things anymore. You guys wanna recommend me the best soft plastic swimbaits, the hooks i should use, and how to fish them? Keep in mind, i fish almost solely for largemouth, and I'm on a budget (16 and have no job) Thanks everyone!

06-21-2010, 10:05 AM
I donít use hard swimbaits in fresh water very much but I do love the soft ones. I tend to use the premolded one like the Wildeye Swim Shad by Storm Lures (link below). I like to vary the retrieve to see what the fish want. Start by casting and just swimming it back at different speeds. You can then try jigging it a little. Cast and let it fall, then pop your rod pretty strongly and let it fall again. The paddle tail will work nicely as it falls and thatís where you get most of your strikes.


Hard swimbaits are a whole different thing and you can run right off the end of the earth with them if you get into it but since I donít fish for money I canít even begin to justify spending the money. I know people will strongly disagree with me but I think that the $20-$60 (or more) could be much better spent of several other lures. Again, just my opinion.

06-22-2010, 05:31 PM
I think you cant go far wrong with Storm Lures, always really good value for money.

06-22-2010, 09:37 PM
Reaction Strikes makes several great soft plastic swimbaits. Not sure what type you're looking for exactly (jointed, paddle tail, etc). What species are you fishing for?


06-23-2010, 09:53 AM
I'll vote for the Raction Strike lures as well. Been using the Fathead Jr swimbaits since last October and I really like the action.



06-23-2010, 02:19 PM
Johnathon, I'm mostly looking at paddletail, and all i really fish for are largemouth, hope to be getting out for smallies later this month though.
Clive, what size/type hooks do you rig those with?

06-23-2010, 03:26 PM
You could rig these plenty of different ways, I'd probably recommend something like a gamakatsu g-lock, maybe with a clip on weight if you find it's too light to cast or what it to fall faster.

06-23-2010, 04:30 PM
I use spiral lock hooks with the molded on weights. Having the weightless hooks and clip on weights would be more versatile though.


I still suggest you give the Wildeye baits a try as well. A pack of 6 is dirt cheap and they come in a great baby bass pattern.

06-23-2010, 07:37 PM
I will absolutely give the wildeyes a try, so you guys have any tips with figuring out what size hooks are best for certain things? If i don't have the bait and the hook right in front of me, I can't for the life of me figure out sizes and such

06-23-2010, 11:11 PM
I was using the 6 inch reaction strike with a 5/0 hook with weight on the bottom of it - was actually fishing musky, but got a couple nice largies :)


07-14-2010, 01:09 AM
If we talk about soft plastics, I have to mention that in 10 to 20 feet of water, I have caught 90% of all my pikes this june on SuperD's from tackleindustries. SuperD' are the cheaper but in many ways better Bulldawg rip off. Also the Curly sue, or Suzy sucker has pulled a few this year. Unfortunately the pikes often swallow the regulars quite deeply, and can get their gills damaged, so this seson I am gearing up to 8 oz MAG sizes. Time will tell how
to fish those big baits, but regular swimbaits are awesome pike baits.

I usually wind them in fast and aggressively, using a lot off hard pulls, that makes the pikes go mad!

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07-14-2010, 08:22 AM
Welcome to the forums Morten, looks like you finally got it sorted :)

I picked up a few of those SuperDs (18 inch, 8oz) last year - I havent caught anything on them yet, but they look incredible so far! I notice they have some MegaDs now that are a few oz heavier too.

07-14-2010, 08:52 AM
Yea, I will have to learn how to handle the MAG size first, but we can't by a lot off Muskyrods that handles MEGA D's over here anyway.

But I have a 2 pc http://www.reactionstrike.com/pikemaster.html that just handles the MAG's, pretty thick price through about 170 euro in Italy.

For the Regulars, and spinners I use a Danish designed rod from Savage Gear, 8" handles 5 oz, a simple looking, but great casting abilities

07-15-2010, 04:12 PM
KillerBug, those are some pretty epic pike shots! Will we be seeing any submissions to the 2010 contributor contest?


07-20-2010, 02:12 AM
I might give it a try, though I owe very few good Photos actually. Unfortunately I didn't get my biggest pike yet on film, a 49,6 inch fish caught this year in May.

07-20-2010, 11:49 AM
Wow, very close that that elusive 50" eh!

07-20-2010, 02:25 PM
Thats the holy grail of pike fishing for sure! Get back to that spot next year and she'll be over 50 for sure!